RAF Lyneham: Weather

Defence written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the effect of meteorological differences between RAF Lyneham and RAF Brize Norton on their operational sustainability.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

An assessment of weather factors at various RAF airfields during the period 2004-09 indicated that while neither station was closed for flying operations on a frequent or regular basis, RAF Lyneham was unavailable to aircraft, because of poor weather conditions, on marginally more occasions than RAF Brize Norton.

Careful consideration of all relevant factors was made in coming to the decision to base the Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refuelling Fleet at RAF Brize Norton.

The runway at RAF Lyneham is not long enough to facilitate all of the aircraft in the RAF's Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refuelling Fleets. RAF Brize Norton is assessed to be fully capable of operationally sustaining the Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refuelling Fleets.

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